We all know the Christmas period is when we eat, drink and be merry. But why can’t we enjoy this indulgent time, but still be at the top of our game? BULK POWDERS® have decided to give you the lowdown on your Christmas dinner nutritionals, and while trying not to be complete spoil sports, give tips on how to help you think of ways to keep it as healthy as possible, or boost nutrients here and there with some of our products.
WHAT ARE THE MACROS FOR YOUR FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS TRIMMINGS?
High in vitamins B3, B6, as well as selenium, phosphorus and zinc. Turkey is also high in the essential amino acid tryptophan, helping your mood and to get that all important post-dinner nap.
- Trim any fat where possible.
- Slice the meat into thin slices, giving the appearance of having more..sneaky!
High in vitamins C, K, as well as being high in fibre to help with your overworked digestive system during the Christmas period.
- Boost protein by topping with some chopped nuts, such as Hazelnuts or Walnuts.
- Dig in – the more the merrier!
High in b-complex vitamins to help with energy production, as well as vitamin C to act as an antioxidant when consuming copious* amount of alcohol (*oops we mean moderate..)
- Opt for small-medium size parsnips to feel like you’re having more.
- Use healthy cooking oil, such as Organic Virgin Coconut Oil.
Often regarded as a no go, due to their high carb content, potatoes are a brilliant source of vitamin B6 to help keep the metabolism going! They are also high in vitamin C and potassium.
- Try Sweet Potatoes as an alternative.
- Don’t overdo it on the frying!
PIGS IN BLANKETS
Obviously forgetting the salt and saturated fat content, sausages and bacon are actually a source of iron and vitamin B12, helping to reduce tiredness and fatigue during your busy day of opening presents!
- Make your own with leaner bacon.
- Drain excess fat away before serving.
SAGE & ONION STUFFING
As it’s mainly onions and sage leaves, which are actually a potent antioxidant, stuffing really isn’t all bad! Not forgetting the butter component, but this also means vitamins, minerals and healthy fats.
- Try adding our Complete Greens™ in the mix.
- Add a portion of chia seeds to boost protein content.
Not exactly nutritious, however reasonable levels of vitamin B2, Iron, Selenium and Phosphorus.
- Don’t flood your plate with it!
- Use Complete Greens™ in the mix to boost nutritional value.
Majority of shop bought versions will be predominantly sugar, however try making your own healthier version with Dried Cranberries which are high in vitamin C and K as well as being a great source of phytonutrients, boosting your immune system during these cold winter nights.
- Don’t overdo it; think a little goes a long way.
- Try a ‘no added sugar’ version, using Xylitol.
Packed with mixed fruits, containing a multitude of vitamins and minerals. Extra nuts and spice as well as eggs, can’t be too bad, can it?
- Make your own and use extra fruit, such as Dried Apricots.
- Make a high protein sauce by heating our Almond Butter.
Have a Merry Christmas!!